All a good explanation of possible responses to 1 situation, so how is C Scott a better 'match day' coach than Hardwick?Unless it's Wayne Carey, I'm taking Richo above all others, but I love him so it's not a fair fight.
I dislike Campbell immensely but 4 JD medals and three runner-ups, a couple of All-Australians and won a swag of competition wide awards over 300 odd games. Pickett will want to get moving to get anywhere near that.
I'll try and explain what I mean using the Vlastuin example from the Grand Final.
Vlastuin goes down and we don't change anything structurally, we just manipulate personnel into the existing roles. So Broad moves into the role Vlastuin was playing, McIntosh takes over the role Broad was in, Castagna and Rioli take McIntosh's role on the wing.
Nothing needs to change in terms of the way the team plays, everyone understands the roles in the team and can run them. Then at halftime they adjust personnel again, still keeping the same roles, but Astbury becomes the anchor, Balta spends some time as the second ruck etc...
Hours and hours of preparation means the players understand the method and the team is able to function at the same high standard with minimal disruption, despite losing a star.
Now a hypothetical if Tom Stewart is taken out in the same illegal, immoral way in the upcoming Grand Final. My guess is if that happened Geelong won't try and replace him like for like, but they will roll Guthrie back instead. Blicavs will drop his role as the grunt wing/second ruck and roll back off the wing at each bounce. Rather than attempting to create intercept marks for Stewart, they will use Blicavs to give them ground ball opportunities in defence to give Bews, Guthrie. Tuohy and the midfielders.
Without the stop play from defence they will have Cameron roll up to be the outlet kick target and with Hawkins having to pinch hit as the second ruck, they will tweak offence by increasing Dangerfield's minutes up forward and by setting up for a turn around play with Smith holding a more offensive wide position on the wing, with less hit up leading.
Again, the players are well drilled and understand the different scenarios, and can execute it all in moments.
Two different approaches, largely built by what the best option is with the personnel they have at their disposal. One is very heavy on in match adjustment, one is very heavy on maintaining a consistent system. Both great coaches.
My examples included Luke Hodge intercepting heaps early in our 2019 final. We adjusted the way we moved the ball, less long handball forward, and his effectiveness was reduced.
Likewise Stewart in 2020, but we didn't reduce handball, we changed the way we set up, so his opponent got into dangerous positions so Stewart couldn't just stand where he wanted.